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Utility Oboe and English Horn Audition

January 31 - February 1, 2022

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Preliminary Rounds

Monday, January 31, 2022
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 (morning only)

Semifinal and Final Rounds

Tuesday, February 1, 2022


Utility Oboe and English Horn Repertoire List and Non-Rental Excerpts


Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. Please do NOT use the main lobby entrance on the south side of the building. Please enter the building through the NE door located near the intersection of 16th and Wyandotte.

Maps of Downtown Kansas City and Kauffman Center

Additional Information

The Kansas City Symphony has a policy now in effect which requires all staff and musicians, including audition applicants, to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to coming to work or take part in an audition. Audition applicants must be fully vaccinated (two weeks passed since the final shot in the series) before attending an audition with the Kansas City Symphony. More information on this policy will be sent upon application.

In addition to a one-page résumé (due by Friday, December 10, 2021), applicants must send a refundable check for $50 made payable to the Kansas City Symphony no later than Monday, January 10, 2022. Our audition committee will review résumés after the December 10 deadline and will then notify all applicants of their invitation status for this audition by email. The musicians we are inviting will be given an assigned audition time only after we have received a deposit check by the above stated deadline. Invited musicians will have their deposit check returned to them at the audition or if a cancellation is made prior to one week before the audition. For those not invited, the $50 deposit will be destroyed following the audition.

This vacancy for Utility Oboe and English Horn is tenure track. It is expected that the winner of this audition will begin employment with the Kansas City Symphony at a mutually agreeable date during the 2021-2022 season, or at the latest in September 2022 for the start of the 2022-2023 season.

Annual Salary for 2021-2022 season in the Utility Oboe/English Horn position:

Minimum Salary: $67,450
Electronic Media Guarantee: $1,386
TOTAL Annual Salary for Utility Oboe/English Horn: $68,836*

*An additional week of salary is available if the musician participates in the very popular Community Connections program. While this participation is optional, it would provide up to an additional $1,605 bringing the total annual salary to $70,441.

About the Kansas City Symphony

The Kansas City Symphony aspires to be a destination for the world’s best musicians. As the largest performing arts organization in the Kansas City region, the Symphony seeks to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music. During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of Classical subscription, educational, special and engagement concerts. In addition, the Kansas City Symphony performs for virtually all productions of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

The Kansas City Symphony performs in the beautiful Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a space internationally recognized for its world-class acoustics.  Kansas City and its suburbs have been ranked as among the best places to live in the USA, and the KC metro area is estimated to have cost of living that is 85-90% of the national average. Kansas City is remarkably sophisticated, has very strong support for the arts, a generous philanthropic community, easy traffic and great restaurants.

The Kansas City Symphony has an enviable record of financial stability for years, and in 2017 completed a $55 million endowment campaign that will bring the Symphony’s endowment to approximately $100 million.  The Kansas City Symphony also has long-term stability in its artistic and administrative staff, and an excellent and highly-engaged Board of Directors. The culture of the Kansas City Symphony is expressed in our core values of excellence, trust, and respect, and there are outstanding relations between the musicians, staff, and board.

Benefits for all orchestra positions include:

  • 42 week season
  • 2021-2022 season annual base salary is $63,840 (including $33/wk Electronic Media Guarantee)
  • An additional week of salary is available to each musician for participation in the popular Community Connections program. Participation is optional.
  • Health Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield with $0 in-network deductible, $20 in-network co-pays, and an annual out-of-pocket maximum of only $750.
  • Dental, Life & ADD, Instrument, and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Up to 12-week paid maternity/paternity leave
  • 19 days paid vacation per season
  • Three personal days per season, accumulating to 9
  • One relief week per season, plus 4 discretionary relief days
  • 5.995% Pension Contribution to the AFM-EPF
  • 2% Contribution to 403b with additional matching provisions available up to another 1.5%

Since the 2010-2011 season, the annual base compensation has increased by 40.7%.

To Apply

Please submit a one-page resume by email clearly marked with the name of the position being auditioned for to:

Renee Hagelberg, Assistant Personnel Manager
Kansas City Symphony
1644 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108